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From: "Mike Partridge" <mjp(a)dsl.pipex.com>
[The one area that puzzles me, however, is the correct use of Notes
(as appearing in the Notes Tab on
the Record screen). How and where would this differ from a source?]
I think this is a case of using it to suit your own needs. I use it to
add things that I need to do, things that puzzle me - and for
individuals who I don't want to carry on with more detailed research,
I add a precis of what is known about them. In the sources notes, I
add the Custom ID of individuals mentioned in the source and if there
are any married women, add their maiden names - that sort of stuff.
I've had FH for just on a week and I like it. I like the display of
individual records and the switch through the various tabs. I like
being able to add sources independently of individual records and to
then attach them later. This layout is better than other programmes. I
have two projects, first a one-name study of my surname in Norfolk;
second a study of all data (i.e. all register, AT, BT, census,
subsidy, muster, manor records etc) relating to a single village in
Norfolk as part of a local history study.
I use Custodian II as well to store data and find it indispensable -
and if possible would really like updates of FH to move a little
towards Custodian in providing better analysis of sources.
Being a new user of FH, I may not yet have found the function; but if
it doesn't exist, I'd like to be able to open a source and then show
what individual records are connected to it. E.G a census return with
several members of a household would be linked to several individual
records, I'd like to be able to access any of those records directly
from the source.
Improvement in what can be done with family tree diagrams would be
welcomed with time and future upgrades, for example, I'd like to be
able to have a basic tree of names and then add individual bits of
information such as dates of birth, marriage, burial, etc; the present
format is a bit restrictive.. This was the one thing I liked about
Family Tree Maker (There wasn't much else to like about it).
However, for a new programme I'd give it a mark of 9 out of 10.